NORTH LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The on-again, off-again, on-again boil water order in North Lauderdale is off-again. In other words, North Lauderdale residents no longer have to boil their drinking or cooking water.  According to Jen Johnson with the City of North Lauderdale, the boil water order, which was put into place twice since Thanksgiving Day, was lifted Monday afternoon after all tests for bacteria came back negative in the drinking water.

The first boil water order was issued on Thursday when city water officials found E. Coli bacteria in a well which is used primarily as a back-up well and does not routinely pump to the water treatment plant. The well was shut down and did not supply water to the distribution system.

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On Saturday, officials with the North Lauderdale Water Treatment Plant, who are outsourced and are not North Lauderdale city employees, lifted the boil water order when they claimed tests for bacteria in the city’s water supply were within acceptable levels.  North Lauderdale city officials say those outsourced water treatment plant employees were not authorized to lift the boil water order, therefore, the Broward County Health Department reinstated the order until additional water samples could be taken. Those samples have come back clean.

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Now city officials are trying to determine the source of the contamination and take corrective measures to ensure the water supply is protected against contamination.

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If you have any questions please contact U.S. Water Services at (727) 848-8292, ext. 203 or 207, or the North Lauderdale Water Treatment Plant at (954) 722-0900 ext. 439.